The sales figures for October 2018 are in … and some 777 units separate the top two vehicles as the battle for the title of South Africa’s best-selling bakkie continues. But that battle has become somewhat one-sided...

According to Naamsa, October’s new vehicle industry sales came in at 51 866 units, representing an increase of 1,7%, year on year. The light commercial segment, meanwhile, improved by 5,9% to 14 168 units for the month (also, be sure to check out our list of SA's 10 best-selling passenger vehicles).

So, what exactly happened in terms of bakkie sales in October 2018? Well, the refreshed Toyota Hilux stayed at the top, with the Ford Ranger again having to settle for second place. By our maths, that puts the Hilux a whopping 8 172 units ahead of the Ranger in the year-to-date race, with a mere two months remaining.

In October, the Nissan NP200 held steady in third spot, with the Isuzu KB – which has just switched over to the D-Max badge – remaining in fourth (its final figure comprised 1 636 units of the KB and 123 units of the D-Max). The Nissan NP300/Hardbody (we’re now combining these figures) again rounded out the top half of the table, keeping its fifth-place ranking.

The Volkswagen Amarok likewise remained in sixth, with the Mahindra Pik-Up again occupying seventh. The GWM Steed, meanwhile, climbed two places to eighth, forcing the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up down one to nine and the Nissan Navara down one to tenth.

That means there was no room for the Mahindra Bolero (47), Mitsubishi Triton (31), Fiat Fullback (17) or Mazda BT-50 (10) in October. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz South Africa doesn’t report individual model sales, so it’s hard to tell exactly how many X-Class units were sold during the month.

See the top ten list below, and have a look at September 2018’s figures here.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies of October 2018:

1. Toyota Hilux – 3 352
2. Ford Ranger – 2 575
3. Nissan NP200 – 1 879
4. Isuzu KB/D-Max – 1 759
5. Nissan NP300/Hardbody – 821
6. Volkswagen Amarok – 247
7. Mahindra Pik-Up – 200
8. GWM Steed – 160
9. Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up – 143
10. Nissan Navara – 140

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